It’s been 14 years since Jim Furyk’s misery at Bridgestone, but if he he keeps playing the way he has through the first two rounds this weekend, he’ll soon make up for it.
Furyk’s second straight 66 on Friday put him 8-under for the tournament, giving him a 4-stroke lead through 36 holes.
In 2001, he missed three putts inside of 12 feet for the win during a seven-hole playoff against Tiger Woods, eventually losing on a Woods’ birdie. Three years ago he led wire to wire until the 18th on Sunday when he double-bogeyed and lost by one stroke.
It won’t be an easy title this time either. Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, and Ireland’s Shane Lowry are tied for second, four strokes back.
Trailing those three by a single stroke are Henrik Stenson and Graeme McDowell. It looked like world No. 2 Jordan Spieth was on a push to the top, climbing within two strokes at one point, but fell back to shoot a 68 to sit six strokes off the lead.